NEXT Vail Valley leadership program announces its slate of speakers for 2018 |

NEXT Vail Valley leadership program announces its slate of speakers for 2018

EDWARDS — The Vail Valley Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, has announced details for the 2018 NEXT Vail Valley emerging leader program.

NEXT Vail Valley is a program of the Vail Valley Partnership designed to support and advance emerging professionals in the community. This program aims to serve professionals with a “mentee” mindset who seek to learn from and be inspired by established community leaders in the valley while connecting with other emerging professionals. Apply for this program if you consider yourself as part of the NEXT generation of professional leaders in the valley.

NEXT Vail Valley is an opportunity for 12 emerging professionals to meet, converse and engage with a community leader in a group setting. Two separate groups comprised of 12 different participants will be chosen for Session 2. Every month, each NEXT group will meet to reflect on the previous month’s meeting and to prepare for the upcoming meeting with the community leader. While meeting with the community leader, NEXT participants will have two hours to inquire and converse with the leader in a group setting about topics determined in the planning meeting. Each NEXT group will meet with a different community leader each month.

Here’s the speaker lineup:

• January: Andy Daly, former Vail Mayor, Former Vail Resorts Chief Operating Officer and CEO of Gore Peaks Investments.

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• February: Mike Rushmore, founder and chairman of the board of Our Community Foundation.

• March: Linda Hill, entrepreneur and president of Hill Aevium.

• April: Pat Hammon, Eagle County Veteran Service Officer, Colorado Board of Veteran’s Affairs.

• May: Harry Frampton, founder and chairman of East West Partners, principal of Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate, Colorado Business Hall of Fame member.

• June: Father Brooks Keith, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.

Prior program participants have increased their community involvement and grown their professional networks.

“I recently put my hat in the ring for Minturn Town Council and ended up getting the open seat. I was thinking on it: I would have never thought to apply without the partnership’s NEXT group, so thank you!” said Kristina Krone, former NEXT participant and current Minturn Town Council member.

If a participant’s attendance is over 80 percent (10 out of 12 meetings), the Vail Valley Partnership will donate $75 to a partnership nonprofit member of their choice at completion of program. NEXT Vail Valley participants also receive complimentary tickets to all Vail Valley Business Forum events.

Interested participants can fill out the program application and submit to Erik Williams at by Friday, Dec. 1. For more information, go to

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